Travel Weeklys Las Vegas E-letter: March 14, 2006

VEGAS.COM has teamed up with the Las Vegas Monorail Company in a deal that includes a ticket-sampling program and two new Vegas.com-themed monorail trains. The ticket-sampling program offers free monorail tickets to those who book hotel stays, show tickets or other products through Vegas.com, LasVegas.com or Espanol.vegas.com. The themed train will be outfitted with video screens featuring The Vegas Minute, a syndicated weekly TV news program with updates on the city.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG at the Bellagios Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Through May 13, visitors can enjoy the propertys Spring Celebration display, which includes flowers, butterflies and rain. A pathway set amid the east garden passes by poppies, larger-than-life garden creatures and fountains. At the end of the pathway are simulated rain showers and giant clusters of cherry blossoms that engulf the banyan tree in the west garden. In the south garden, a 34-foot pavilion, complete with a topiary frog, serves as a habitat for 300 live South American butterflies, while the north garden features ancient walls and piles of fieldstone rubble surrounding an iron and stone bench.

AAA has selected the MGM Grand as one of its 2007 Four Diamond Award recipients. The 5,034-room property is the largest hotel to receive this designation, MGM said.    

MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS last week welcomed a second auto racing figure to its Speed attraction. A life-sized wax likeness of Jeff Gordon, Nascars Rainbow Warrior, was unveiled during pre-race activities surrounding the Nascar UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, which was held March 12 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The $200,000 figure of Gordon joins a figure of the late Dale Earnhardt, whose installation launched the Speed attraction last August. For museum hours and admission, call (702) 862-7800 or visit www.mtvegas.com.

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